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Re: [SLE] Definition of free
  • From: "Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC)" <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:28:35 +0200
  • Message-id: <444DF9D3.1050908@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Orn E. Hansen wrote:
Þann Fimmtudaguren den 20 apríl 2006 13:43 skrifaði Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC):

I have seen it many times that free software in the Linux sense means
"free" as in freedom, not "free" as in free beer.

Free in the Oxford dictionary says free is defined as not under the
control of anyoneelse, not confined/obstructed.

What is the difference as both can cost an arm and a leg?

You're living in a democracy, and you have freedom. Every 4 years, or so, you get to chose between bad A and bad B. This is democracy. You have the freedom to go out and spend your money, on buying stuff but just because you paid for it, doesn't mean you own it. And just because you own it, doesn't mean you have the right to do with it what you want. You live in a free world, but that doesn't mean that everything you see and hear is for your own pleasure. You can see what you want, but you're not allowed to take pictures of it ... and you're not allowed to record what you hear. You are allowed to have any opinion you want, this is your freedom ... but if you have the wrong opinion, you will not be able to acquire a job, because you might be considered a danger to society. If your opinions are bad, you may not be allowed to vote, so that others will not have to suffer for your bad opinions. You are free to walk outside, but you are not free to go where you want. You are free to live, but you are not free to live where you might want. You need permits, the correctly filled out application forms, the right stuff ... the right parenthood. If you are lucky, you might be applicable to die so others can live. If you are even luckier, you might be applicable to seek employment somewhere else to participate in the reduction of quality of life for those who already live there, as the capital gain needs to be increased.

Welcome to hotel California ... enjoy your stay.
Where's that wrist slashing razor blade :) which I am also free to do :)

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